West Ham must go all out to sign international powerhouse, he has edge over new Hammers arrival - view
West Ham’s biggest problem last season was in defence, where they shipped a colossal 68 goals throughout the entire Premier League season.
New Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini has already got to work on fixing the obvious problem area by adding goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, right-back Ryan Fredericks and centre-back Issa Diop to the ranks at the London Stadium in the summer transfer window.
However, they could do with another opinion in the middle of defence, especially if they continue to operate with a three-man backline next campaign.
One man that should crop up on their radar is Bayer Leverkusen ace Aleksandar Dragovic, who ticks a lot of boxes for West Ham.
Everton have reportedly held talks to try sign the 27-year-old, while Leicester City are out of the running for his signature after he spent last season on loan at the King Power Stadium.
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West Ham should certainly plot a raid for the 63-time capped Austria international, who could slot straight into the starting XI given his physical presence and also quality on the ball.
Fans are excited about the new arrival of centre-back Diop from Toulouse, but there is some risk behind his signing given he has never played in England before and the 21-year-old may need time to adjust.
That is why swooping for the more experienced and reliable Dragovic too makes sense, with his experience of playing in the Premier League giving him the edge.
Many Leicester fans wanted the club to sign him on a permanent deal and West Ham should deal the ultimate blow by trying to land him this summer.
In other West Ham transfer news, they are lining up a move for a Manchester United defender.